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GET WISE!
  • Listening to: Metallica; Jill Scott
  • Reading: Hannibal by Harold Lamb

KNOW THY ENEMY.

Thu Jan 29, 2009, 5:35 PM
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Since the dawn of time, demons have walked the earth in the guise of man, weaving webs of deception and discord, and paving the way for Armaggedon (The Final Battle) in the End of Days.

These demons (or jinn, to use the ancient term) are spirits created by God out of fire (man being created from clay).

They hold themselves to be older and superior to all mankind and cling to the fact that they were the first inhabitants of the earth and as such are entitled to all of its pleasures and riches.

They most often take the guise of physically beautiful people, and are extremely vain. They naturally gravitate toward positions of power and influence in the human world, as they are slaves to luxury, vice and excess.

Many crave the spotlight and high visibility lifestyles, endeavoring to become rulers, politicians, entertainers, athletes, religious figures, etc.

Others seek alliances with humans that better serve their arcane purposes.

They have historically aligned themselves with the most heinous groups and individuals in the history of makind. These relationships provide them with direct access to the things they love most; wealth, perversion, death, and the abuse of power.

If you look at history's most infamous men and women; the perpetrators of the worlds greatest acts of genocide, destruction and tyranny, you will find a jinn comfortably in the shadows whispering in their ear and pulling their strings.

It is their eternal charge to tempt man to stray from the light within himself, and they revel in creating mischeif and mayhem through murder, extortion, terrorism, war mongering, and other forms of villany.

They are a long-lived race, and it is not uncommon for them to live for centuries, if not longer. Many achieve the level of immortal over the course of their existence.

Jinn typically cannot be killed through physical means, but must be destroyed metaphysically utilizing the most powerful and pure magic.

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Sorcery texts classify the jinn into four distinct races representing the four universal elements (Air, Earth, Water, and Fire).

They are broken down further into five clans, each one more powerful than the last; Jinn, Jann, Ifrit, Maryut, and Shaitan.

In terms of power, elder jinn are immensely powerful sorcerers with complete mastery of the darkest arts. While the nature of their power is dictated by the core element of their race (Air, Earth, Water, or Fire), there are several talents or skills that are common to all jinn at varying degrees (manipulation, mind control, propaganda, instigation, etc.)

Younger jinn are much less powerful than their elder counterparts (often due to intermarriage with humans and the consequences it brings); but they are extremely dangerous and formidable nonetheless.

There are several elder jinn whom Jaycen has faced countless times in various time periods on various continents throughout the world.

The seat of their hidden empire is the Underworld, the near-infinite innerworkings and hollows deep within the bowels of the earth. Here they frolic, scheme and reproduce in underground cities and nations that rival the cities and nations built by men.

They access the surface world through a vast network of ancient portals and passages located at various locations (gateways) throughout the world.

Jaycen has waged a one-man war with the jinn beginning in the Golden Ages of Antiquity and carrying on down through the ages. He is the most hated demonslayer in the annals of jinn lore. He is despised above all others and his name is a curse amongst the jinn. Instead, he is referred to as The Dark Star, in homage to the legendary black blade Dark Star that he calls upon to do battle with the forces of darkness.

GET WISE!

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GET WISE!
  • Listening to: Lauryn Hill; Jeru the Damaja; John Williams
  • Reading: Imaro: Trail of Bohu (Charles R. Saunders)
  • Eating: cheese & crackers
Jaycen Wise is an immortal warrior/ scholar hailing from The Golden Ages of antiquity (a period that is so remote that it has been relegated to the realms of mythology).

He is the Last Son of the African Empire of Kush, which dominated the Ancient World, and spread knowledge, wisdom and peace across the globe.
He is charged with the lofty responsibility of battling the forces of ignorance and darkness, to ensure the eternal preservation of knowledge, truth and light.

He believes he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to.
He is an avid student and teacher, and seeks to always better himself physically, mentally and spiritually.

Jaycen has had the luxury of sitting at the feet of innumerable masters of countless disciplines and arts on all continents down through the ages. He has had an immortal's lifetime to perfect his skills and improve upon these teachings, and is driven by an insatiable hunger for knowledge, adventure and self-mastery.

He is a dreamer, a visionary and a scholar; an unrivaled soldier, warrior and adventurer; a Renaissance Man, if you will. A hero's hero who typifies the type of person that the Ancient Kushite (and Africans in general) aspired to be; the perfect blend of mind, body heart, and soul.
Greetings!!!!!!!

I am looking for a few good artists to enter a little contest I am throwing to promote my creative project, JAYCEN WISE: HERO AT LARGE.

I have had a ton of success doing this in the past and I have no doubt that this go around will prove equally successful.

My franchise character Jaycen Wise (see my gallery for additional info and reference pics) is an immortal adventurer who wanders down through the ages in defense of knowledge, truth and light. This gives you the opprtunity to place him in virtually any time frame and in any setting you choose!

The rules of the contest are simple...... utilize any medium to show Jaycen in action. Be as creative as possible, but please keep things at a PG-13 rating..... I want the kids to be able to enjoy this too. I am looking for high action, dynamic composition and beautiful colors.

The top entries will be collected in a book that I will publish and make available FOR NO PROFIT through Lulu.com to promote my projects and build momentum for future endeavors.

The very best entry will garner its creator a $200 prize to be given at contest's end.

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT WORK IS JULY 1st!!!!!!!!!!!

Please send all entries in high-res tiff or pdf format to jaycenwise@yahoo.com

This is going to be an exciting and highly competitive contest as I am cross-marketing with several other sites as well.

Check my gallery for some past winners of previous contests.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!!!!!!

HOTEP!

URAEUS
When I began this project I started with the idea of a Black man who could outwit James Bond...... outduel Golgo 13....... beat the living crap out of Wolverine........ and out-think Sherlock Holmes.

A real modern-day Renaissance Man who uses his mind first in all situations, but when push comes to shove......... somebody's gettin' their butt kicked.

Jaycen Wise is that man. A hero's hero in the classic mold of the heroes of old. A jack-of-all trades that Black folk can identify with and root for as he dishes out his own special brand of justice.

Who is Jaycen Wise??????

Jaycen Wise is an immortal warrior-scholar from the Ages of Gods and Heroes (The Golden Ages), charged with the lofty responsibility of battling the forces of ignorance and darkness, to ensure the eternal preservation of knowledge, truth and light.

He is an unrivaled warrior and adventurer, who has seen so much in his lifetime (for better or worse) and has collected so many experiences and pearls of wisdom that he has an extremely hard time dealing with the decadence of "modern" society (which pales in comparison to the societies of the early ages he recalls.) He is a dreamer, a scientist, and a visionary, and lives for the day when the world will return to the natural order of things, when men and women and animals lived in transcendant peace and harmony.

He is extremely confident in his abilities (borderlining on arrogance) and believes that he can accomplish anything that he sets his mind to (which is absolutely true.)

He is an avid student and teacher, and seeks always to better himself physically, mentally and spiritually; as well as enlighten those worthy individuals who happen across his path.

Jaycen has had the luxury of sitting at the feet of innumerable masters of countless disciplines and arts on all continents down through the ages. He has had an immortal's lifetime to perfect his skills and improve upon these teachings, and is driven by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, adventure and self-mastery.

Yes, Jaycen has walked this earth a LONG, LONG time............. ages upon ages upon ages; (which is a good thing in that he has acquired the wisdom and knowledge of countless cultures, fallen civilizations, and lost empires............. but a negative as well, because he has watched humanity move further and further from the light of its original state to the depths of darkness and despair.

He has also watched all those whom he holds close to his heart wither away and perish, as he remains eternally in his prime. The fact that Jaycen is an immortal and has lived to see the rise and fall of nations, empires, kings and despots has provided him with the a unique perspective and philosophy of life that gives him an edge over any mortal (lesser-lived) foe.

He has faced virtually every situation and scenario imaginable, and has emegred victorious each and every time (with few exceptions.) Those rare situations in which he has tasted defeat have only served to teach painful lessons and highlight mistakes that are never repeated. (He ain't called WISE for nothing!)

'WISE' is an acronym for those attributes which define Jaycen best................

WISDOM
INTELLIGENCE
STRENGTH
ENDURANCE

Although much of his past is shrouded in the dim haze of antiquity, it is believed that Jaycen was elevated to the status of the undying (demi-deification) because of his outstanding achievements and unparraleled accomplishments during his tenure in the ranks of the Grand Kushite Army, and for his scientific and intellectual prowess in the university system of Ancient Kush.

Jaycen (there was no "WISE" back then) "The Lion of Kush" as he was known to friend and foe alike, was a hero's hero who typified the type of man that the Kushites (and ancient Africans in general) aspired to be.......... the perfect blend of mind, body, heart, and soul.

Introducing Jaycen Wise, a hero ahead of his time.

GET WISE! (2006)
GREETINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I ran a month long JAYCEN WISE ART CONTEST earlier this year on deviant and had a tremendous response, with over 20 entries from 9 different countries.

The artwork was AMAZING and I was blown away by the overall response and enthusiasm that the project was met with.

So, to make a long story short. I am pleased to announce that I am running my 2nd ANNUAL JAYCEN WISE ART CONTEST starting Jaunuar 1, 2006, and running through February 28 (*Two months.)

The Grand Prize is $100 USD and will be awarded to the most dynamic and jaw-dropping 8.5" x 11" composition best depicting Jaycen Wise in action. The type of action is completely up to you.

The sky is the limit! Anything goes!

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And in case you are sitting there wondering............... "Who in the heck is Jaycen Wise???????????"...................

Jaycen Wise is an immortal warrior-scholar from the Ages of Gods and Heroes (The Golden Ages), charged with the lofty responsibility of battling the forces of ignorance and darkness, to ensure the eternal preservation of knowledge, truth and light.

He is an unrivaled warrior and adventurer, who has seen so much in his lifetime (for better or worse) and has collected so many experiences and pearls of wisdom that he has an extremely hard time dealing with the decadence of "modern" society (which pales in comparison to the societies of the early ages he recalls.) He is a dreamer, a scientist, and a visionary, and lives for the day when the world will return to the natural order of things, when men and women and animals lived in transcendant peace and harmony.

He is extremely confident in his abilities (borderlining on arrogance) and believes that he can accomplish anything that he sets his mind to (which is absolutely true.)

He is an avid student and teacher, and seeks always to better himself physically, mentally and spiritually; as well as enlighten those worthy individuals who happen across his path.

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The GRAND PRIZE winning composition will be used in promotional pieces and prototype packaging for my future JAYCEN WISE related projects and endeavors.

A GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be chosen within one week on the contest closing date (February 28, 2006) and the prize money will be mailed/ wired to the winner shortly thereafter.

Enter as many times as you wish, and keep track of contest news and updates by monitoring this thread and my deviantART page.

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

URAEUS
When I began this project I started with the idea of a Black man who could outwit James Bond...... outduel Golgo 13....... beat the living crap out of Wolverine........ and out-think Sherlock Holmes.

A real modern-day Renaissance Man who uses his mind first in all situations, but when push comes to shove......... somebody's gettin' their butt kicked.

Jaycen Wise is that man. A hero's hero in the classic mold of the heroes of old. A jack-of-all trades that Black folk can identify with and root for as he dishes out his own special brand of justice.

Who is Jaycen Wise??????

Jaycen Wise is an immortal warrior-scholar from the Ages of Gods and Heroes (The Golden Ages), charged with the lofty responsibility of battling the forces of ignorance and darkness, to ensure the eternal preservation of knowledge, truth and light.

He is an unrivaled warrior and adventurer, who has seen so much in his lifetime (for better or worse) and has collected so many experiences and pearls of wisdom that he has an extremely hard time dealing with the decadence of "modern" society (which pales in comparison to the societies of the early ages he recalls.) He is a dreamer, a scientist, and a visionary, and lives for the day when the world will return to the natural order of things, when men and women and animals lived in transcendant peace and harmony.

He is extremely confident in his abilities (borderlining on arrogance) and believes that he can accomplish anything that he sets his mind to (which is absolutely true.)

He is an avid student and teacher, and seeks always to better himself physically, mentally and spiritually; as well as enlighten those worthy individuals who happen across his path.

Jaycen has had the luxury of sitting at the feet of innumerable masters of countless disciplines and arts on all continents down through the ages. He has had an immortal's lifetime to perfect his skills and improve upon these teachings, and is driven by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, adventure and self-mastery.

Yes, Jaycen has walked this earth a LONG, LONG time............. ages upon ages upon ages; (which is a good thing in that he has acquired the wisdom and knowledge of countless cultures, fallen civilizations, and lost empires............. but a negative as well, because he has watched humanity move further and further from the light of its original state to the depths of darkness and despair.

He has also watched all those whom he holds close to his heart wither away and perish, as he remains eternally in his prime. The fact that Jaycen is an immortal and has lived to see the rise and fall of nations, empires, kings and despots has provided him with the a unique perspective and philosophy of life that gives him an edge over any mortal (lesser-lived) foe.

He has faced virtually every situation and scenario imaginable, and has emegred victorious each and every time (with few exceptions.) Those rare situations in which he has tasted defeat have only served to teach painful lessons and highlight mistakes that are never repeated. (He ain't called WISE for nothing!)

'WISE' is an acronym for those attributes which define Jaycen best................

WISDOM
INTELLIGENCE
STRENGTH
ENDURANCE

Although much of his past is shrouded in the dim haze of antiquity, it is believed that Jaycen was elevated to the status of the undying (demi-deification) because of his outstanding achievements and unparraleled accomplishments during his tenure in the ranks of the Grand Kushite Army, and for his scientific and intellectual prowess in the university system of Ancient Kush.

Jaycen (there was no "WISE" back then) "The Lion of Kush" as he was known to friend and foe alike, was a hero's hero who typified the type of man that the Kushites (and ancient Africans in general) aspired to be.......... the perfect blend of mind, body, heart, and soul.

Introducing Jaycen Wise, a hero ahead of his time.

GET WISE! (2006)
When I began this project I started with the idea of a Black man who could outwit James Bond...... outduel Golgo 13....... beat the living crap out of Wolverine........ and out-think Sherlock Holmes.  A real modern-day hero/ jack-of-all-trades who uses his mind first in all situations, but when push comes to shove......... somebody's gettin' their ss handed to them.  

Jaycen Wise is that man.  (One part Hannibal the Great, one part Imhotep, one part James Bond, one part Indiana Jones, and one part Golgo 13.)  

A real bad mo'fo' that Black children can identify with and root for as he dishes out his own special brand of justice.  

Who is Jaycen Wise??????

Jaycen Wise is an immortal (demi-God) charged with the responsibility of fighting for the preservation of knowledge and light.

He is an unrivaled warrior, who has witnessed so much bloodsheed and carnage throughout his countless years of existence that he has become solemn and detatched from the world around him, causing him to wander from place to place, continent to continent, in attempt to escape the demons of his extensive past, while battling the omnipresent forces of the Infernal Kingdom.

He is an avid student and teacher, and seeks always to better himself physically, mentally and spiritually; as well as enlighten those worthy individuals who happen to cross his path.

He has seen so much in his lifetime and has collected so many experiences and pearls of wisdom that he has a hard time dealing with the decadence of "modern" society (which pales in comparison to the societies of the early ages he recalls.)

He is a dreamer, a scientist, and a visionary, and lives for the day when things will return to the GOLDEN AGES (when men and women and animals lived in transcendant peace and harmony) which are his earliest memories.

He is extremely confident in his abilities (borderlining on arrogance) and he believes that he can accomplish anything that he set his mind to (which is absolutely true.)

Yes, Jaycen has been around a LONG, LONG time............. ages upon ages upon ages; (which is a good thing in that he has acquired the wisdom and knowledge of countless cultures, fallen civilizations, and lost empires............. but a negative as well, because has has watched humanity move further and further from the light of its original state to the depths of the darkness........

He has also watched all those whom he holds close to his heart wither away and die as he remains eternally in his prime.

The fact that Jaycen is an immortal and has lived to see the rise and fall of nations, empires, kings and despots has provided him with the a unique perspective and philosophy of life that gives him an edge over any mortal (lesser-lived) foe.

He has faced virtually every situation and scenario imaginable, and has emegred victorious each and every time (with few exceptions.)

Those rare situations in which he has tasted defeat have only served to teach painful lessons and highlight mistakes that are never repeated. (He ain't called WISE for nothing!)

'WISE' is an acronym for those attributes which define Jaycen best................

WISDOM
INTELLIGENCE
STRENGTH
ENDURANCE
STOP THE PRESSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am closing the OFFICIAL JAYCEN WISE: HERO AT LARGE LOGO CONTEST because I have received a logo entry that has literally blown me away. It is exactly what I had in mind when I started this contest. (This is WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!)

I thank you all for your participation and enthusiasm. This marks the second successful JAYCEN WISE: HERO AT LARGE contest that I have run through deviantART.

I look forward to working with you all again in the near future.

Thank you VERY much, and continued success to you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!

URAEUS

[* The Grand Prize Winning entry will be displayed in my deviantART gallery as soon as proceedings are completed to acquire a trademark.]
I am looking for a dynamic and innovative LOGO DESIGN to promote my franchise character JAYCEN WISE: HERO AT LARGE, with the intent being to use the selected logo for packaging purposes and promotions for my upcoming personal line of 12" fully articulated, fully-poseable, custom action figures.

The GRAND PRIZE is $100.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The logo selected as the GRAND PRIZE WINNER will become the exclusive property of ME to use as I wish in the promo campaign for my upcoming projects.

For those not familiar with the general gist of JAYCEN WISE: HERO AT LARGE check out this link to my deviantART gallery. (Should provide you with enough general info to get your creative juices flowin'.)

www.jaycenwise.deviantart.com

An important note is that Jaycen Wise is an IMMORTAL warrior, a scholar, and an adventurer (think HIGHLANDER + GOLGO 13 + INDIANA JONES + JAMES BOND + SHAFT)

The logo should be dynamic and feature the words..........

JAYCEN WISE
HERO AT LARGE

I would prefer that the logo be set up on two lines as above. Other than that, the sky's the limit!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAVE FUN WITH THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CONTEST OFFICIALLY BEGINS JULY 24th............ and ENDS AUGUST 24th (11:59pm)!!!!!!!!

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!

(Please e-mail all submissions to JAYCENWISE@yahoo.com)

* Feel free to put a watermark on the submission ["mock-up", or "contest entry", etc.] if you feel the need.

I will withhold all entries and comments until after the contest closes. Then, and only then, will I announce the $100.00 GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Payment will be shipped out to the winner within 48 hours of selection. (International winners may be a bit longer.)

HOTEP!

URAEUS
I am HONORED to announce that the first OFFICIAL JAYCEN WISE: HERO AT LARGE ART CONTEST (through Blacksuperhero.com, Deviantart.com, and Penciljack.com) was a RESOUNDING SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I received a grand total of 13 entries from a total of 8 different countries!!!!! (Needless to say this has exceeded all of my wildest expectations.)

It was EXCRUCIATING making the decision as to who the GRANDPRIZE WINNER was going to be, but after LONG HOURS of meditation and deliberation I have arrived at the conclusion that there must be TWO GRAND PRIZE WINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I fell in love with two pieces so much that I couldn't make the decision one over the other (which is an AWESOME problem to have.)  

Thank you so very much for all those who took the time to take a stab at this little contest.  I am sorry that you all couldn't have been winners.  

And the WINNERS are (drum roll please).....................

www.deviantart.com/deviation/2…

and.............

www.deviantart.com/deviation/2…

Thank you all for your participation and support!!!!!!!!

This project is moving forward slowly but surely, and I look forward to working with you all again in the near future!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HOTEP!

URAEUS
EXCELLENT WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You guys have made this alot more difficult than I thought it would be.  There are some really really AWESOME pieces to choose from............ but I must choose.

I will ponder on the entries and come to a decision by 12am Friday morning July 15th.

Thank you SO MUCH for participating!!!!!!!!!!!!

And for some of you who do not win the $100.00 prize, I will be making some offers to purchase additional pieces as well.

I knew this contest was going to break me.

Oh well................ I will be in touch!!!!!!!!!

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

URAEUS
Jaycen Wise is an immortal (demi-God) who is charged with the responsibility of fighting for the preservation of knowledge and light. He is a battle hardened (unrivaled) warrior extraordinaire who has witnessed so much bloodsheed and carnage in his countless years of existence that he is solemn and detatched from the world around him, causing him to wander from place to place, continent to continent in attempt to escape the demons of his extensive past, while battling the forces of darkness. (Think HIGHLANDER with soul.)

He is an avid student and teacher and seeks always to better himself physically, mentally and spiritually, as well as enlighten those worthy individuals who cross his path.

He has seen so much in his lifetime and has collected so many experiences and pearls of wisdom that he has a hard time dealing with the decadence of "modern" society, which pales in comparison to the societies of the early ages he recalls.

He is a dreamer, a scientist, and a visionary, and lives for the day when things will return to the GOLDEN AGES (when men and women and animals lived in utter peace and harmony) which are his earliest memories.

He is extremely confident in his abilities (borderlining on arrogance) and he believes that he can accomplish anything that he set his mind to (which is absolutely true.)
Greetings Forum Family!!!!!!!!

I just wanted to take a few moments to hop on here and rave about the AWESOME experience I had this weekend at the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention at Temple University (Philadelphia) this past weekend.

Good God.... where to begin?????

First of, I will start by saying that the convention was beyond anything I could have ever imagined.  It may not have been the biggest, or the most extravagant....... but in terms of the amount of love I received from all who atteded, the amount of constructive criticism I received, the amount of positive feedback I received, the INCREDIBLE talent that was on display, and the knowledge and direction I walked away with.........

.... this was undoubtedly the BEST CONVENTION I HAVE EVER BEEN TO. (No B.S.!)  

For all who were unable to attend...... FIND A WAY TO GET THERE NEXT YEAR! (YOU MUST!!!!!) This was more than just a conglomeration of artists and creators.... it was a family affair in every sense of the word (FAMILY.)  

The vibe was simply indescribable.  People wanting to help each other in any way possible, whether it was by putting them on to new contacts, or giving a piece of much-needed advice, or just a small boost of confidence.  I was blown away!

I want to thank EVERYONE who made my time in Philly an ULTRA-POSITIVE, UNFORGETTABLE experience.

Jaycen Wise was received with open arms and I was humbled (truly humbled) by the reception we received from all who took the time to stop and talk to us. (I thank you ALL.)   

I initially wanted to exhibit my prototypes just to put the idea out there and see what the response would be from the general public, and to see if there was a realistic market for my products.  I understand now that not only is there a realistic market for POSITIVE BLACK ACTION FIGURES, but there is an OBLIGATION for me to push this onto the market!

This is TRULY the Black Age of Comics folks!  All of that AWESOME talent in one venue was MIND-BOGGLING!  There was enough skill, talent, and creativity there to change the world three times over!!!!!!! (Think about that.)

It is TRULY an honor to be a part of this MOVEMENT as it grows from something relatively small to something that will shake the foundations of the world.

LET'S GET OUR ACTS TOGETHER AND MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

HOTEP!

URAEUS

*PS:  Special thanks to............

Bro. Elijah S. (my right hand), and......
Sane the 4th Prince (Who breathed life into Jaycen)
Bro. Yumi Odom
Bro. Maurice Waters  
Bro. Gregory Walker
Bro. Elihu
Bro. Tim (Chicago)
New Art Order
Bro. Robert Roach
Laser Wolf Creative Team
Dreadlocks Creative Team
Bro. Eric Battle and Crew
Bro. Rob Taylor
Bro. Jamal
Mama Read
Bro. Tehuti (Baltimore)
The children who thought Jaycen Wise was "Awesome"
Bro. Dawud
Bro. who signed with "And 1"
Bro. from Alexandria Va. (Draw with Soul)
Bro. from Cincinatti
Everyone who stopped and chatted......

I am grateful beyond words!
Greetings Forum Family!

I am working feverishly to get myself ready to exhibit some of my Jaycen Wise 12" action figure prototypes at this year's East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadephia, PA this upcoming weekend (5/14/05.)

I am looking forward to getting a boatload of constructive criticism, sound advice, and networking with some of the comic industry's 'big dogs.'  I have been waiting for this convention for a whole year now (ever since I came back from Last year's convention.)  It was a great experience, and I learned a heck of alot!

If you have the opportunity to make the roadtrip, I would definitely recommend attending this year's events which will be held in Ritter Hall on the campus of Temple University.  You will not regret it!  

If you love comics, anime, toys, slick artwork, or just enjoy supporting positive Black events............

come out and show your love.

STAY STRONG!

URAEUS
Greetings Deviantart Family!!!!!

I find it extremely ironic that I am posting my gallery displaying prototypes for a line of 12" Black action figures at the same time that eminent psychologist Dr. Kenneth Clark, the originator of the famous Black doll vs. White doll experiment, passed into the ancestral realm.  

This is an excerpt from the obituary article featured in today's edition of the Washington Post. (5/3/05)

"Kenneth B. Clark, 90, an educational psychologist whose experiment with dolls of different colors helped convince the U.S. Supreme Court that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal, died of cancer May 1 at his home in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.

...As early as 1939, Dr. Clark and his wife, Mamie Phipps Clark, had begun conducting tests to assess black youngsters' self-perception. Using dolls they bought for 50 cents apiece at the Woolworth's on 125th Street in Harlem (one of the few places that sold black dolls), they showed groups of black and white children two black dolls and two white dolls and asked them to choose which doll was nice, which was pretty and which was bad. The data from their tests showed that both groups overwhelmingly favored the white dolls.

Dr. Clark concluded that the children he studied, "like other human beings who are subjected to an obviously inferior status in the society in which they live, have been definitely harmed in the development of their personalities; that the signs of instability in their personalities are clear. . . ."

Dr. Clark repeated the experiment in 1950 in Clarendon County, S.C., where white students in the school system received more than 60 percent of the funds earmarked for education, even though the schools had three times as many black students. The results confirmed, in Dr. Clark's view, that the black children saw themselves as inferior."

I hope you enjoy me creations as much as I have enjoyed creating them.  And I hope that Black youth can see in Jaycen Wise something of themselves, and something of what they yearn to become...... strong, positive, creative, and fearless men.

Stay Tuned, and....

Stay Strong.